Important Information about Baptisms following recent Government announcements (February 2021)
We have recently received a number of queries about baptism. If you are interested in arranging a baptism, please read the following information.
Following the recent Government announcement in February, we are waiting to hear the Church of England’s response as to exactly what services we will be able to hold in church and how many will be able to attend. It is likely that when the Church of England have made their response, their advice will be used in conjunction with decisions of our local church councils.
The way that Baptisms or Christenings will continue to work is that you need to come along to a preparation evening, when they are running again, and at that evening, we discuss the meaning of baptism and things like the responsibility of parents and Godparents and we put dates in the diary.
All baptisms are conducted in the main church service, normally a Family Service, because the very nature of baptism is that we are welcoming a child into the Christian family of the Church. This way your child can be welcomed into the church family who will pray for them.
At the moment we don’t yet know how church services will be running when we return. In between the first and second lockdowns we alternated our services between Horndon and Orsett Churches with no more than 30 people attending and I will need to discuss service arrangements with the Church Councils after the C of E have issued their advice.
We love to welcome children for baptism, so if you would like to arrange a baptism, the best thing for you to do is to sign up to our database. You can do this by going to www.hobnob.org.uk/data and filling in the form. Once you have done this you will receive our weekly notice sheet and it will say on there when the baptism prep sessions will begin again. When they start, you can just turn up and we can make plans from there.
I hope this helps and I look forward to seeing you in due course.
With love and prayers for you and your family.
Becoming part of the Christian family around the world through the ceremony of baptism is one of the most important choices we can make either for ourselves or for our children. Christening is another name for this same service which takes place only once in a lifetime. It is a time for celebration and commitment. Often this service is conducted for infants, with parents and godparents making the promises on their behalf. But we are finding an increasing number of adults who were not christened as children deciding to be baptised, so they make the promises for themselves.
We conduct baptisms in all three of our parish churches – Orsett, Bulphan or Horndon on the Hill. Baptisms normally take place in the parish where you live unless there is a strong connection to another church. If the baptism is taking place here and you live elsewhere, we ask that you request permission from your local vicar first.
Baptisms take place during the Family Service at Orsett, on the second or fifth Sunday of the month; at the Family Service at Horndon on the third or fifth Sunday of the month and during Morning Praise at Bulphan on the fourth Sunday of the month.
Baptisms are public services, rather than private ones, where the person being baptised is welcomed into, and supported by, the church family. But because of the size of our churches and the number of guests often invited we try to keep the limit to two family groups at any one service.
For children being baptised, godparents are chosen. Usually this would be two godfathers and one godmother for a boy, and two godmothers and one godfather for a girl. Each godparent should normally have been baptised, as there are important Christian promises that they make on behalf of the child. If the person you would like to have as a godparent is not already baptised, please have a chat with the clergy and we may be able to arrange for their baptism as well.
How do we arrange a baptism?
You will be asked to attend a Baptism preparation meeting which will prepare you for the Baptism service and give you the opportunity to ask questions, at the end of which you will be able to book your Baptism.
Please contact the Benefice Baptism Coordinator, Christine Mortimer
☎ 01375 641485
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